The Indian Railways, led by Piyush Goyal, are moving towards the target of full electrification by December 2023. Similarly, with the recent electrification of the Nimmita-New Farakka railway section in the state of West Bengal, the Eastern Railway zone has been 100 percent electrified. The move would increase the speed of the railway as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the environment, according to the Railway Ministry. Recently, Manoj Joshi, General Manager of Eastern Railways, mentioned that the national transporter has all round development work and the fund is not a constraint on the completion of projects in West Bengal.
Joshi said Indian Railways spent a sum of Rs. 19811.7 crores in infrastructural works as well as Rs 710.3 crores in passenger amenities in the Eastern Railway zone during 2014-2020. 661 kilometers of new line/double line/triple line/quadruple line were commissioned in West Bengal over the period 2014-19, compared to 335 kilometers in 2009-14. During the period 2014-19, 1290 kilometers of electrification work were completed compared to 710 kilometers of electrification during 2009-14. He said he had completed a total of 153 kilometers of railway electrification in West Bengal during 2019-2020.
According to Indian Railways, in the General Budget 2021-22, recently presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Eastern Railway Zone has received significantly strong budget allocations for various railway development projects. The cumulative plan outlay for the financial year 2021-22 is 10.86 percent higher than that of the fund allocation last year. According to the national carrier, the budgetary allocation for the Eastern Railway zone last year was Rs. 2273.69 crores. The allocation of funds for the financial year 2021-22 is Rs. 2520.70 crores, as indicated by the Zonal Railway.
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